## Mathematicians Of The Day

### 3rd March

On this day in 1702, Robert Simson entered the University of Glasgow as a student, being 14 years old at the time. He distinguished himself in classics, oriental languages and botany. He spent eight years as a student and the year afterwards he was appointed professor of mathematics.

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##### Born:

- 1838: George Hill Ⓟ
- 1845: Georg Cantor Ⓟ
- 1872: Wilhelm Ahrens
- 1878: Georgios Remoundos Ⓟ
- 1882: Kazimierz Bartel Ⓟ
- 1898: Emil Artin Ⓟ
- 1901: Otto Schreier Ⓟ
- 1912: Andy Guinand Ⓟ
- 1916: Paul Halmos Ⓟ
- 1916: Hans Samelson Ⓟ
- 1919: Aleksei Vasilevich Pogorelov Ⓟ

##### Died:

- 1703: Robert Hooke Ⓟ
- 1879: William Clifford Ⓟ
- 1954: Hendrik de Vries Ⓟ
- 1988: Sewall Green Wright Ⓟ
- 1991: Bill Penney Ⓟ

#### Quotation of the day

##### From Paul Halmos

Mathematics is not a deductive science -- that's a cliche. When you try to prove a theorem, you don't just list the hypotheses, and then start to reason. What you do is trial and error, experimentation, guesswork.